Penner is at least on par with John Grisham regarding accuracy of the rules of evidence in a criminal trial and trial procedure. Penner comes out ahead, in my opinion, in that he doesn't misstate legal rules for dramatic effect the way Grisham sometimes does. -Amazon Reader Review
I just finished The Brass Verdict
by Michael Connelly and Connelly's courtroom scenes and legal procedure pale compared to Penner's book. Penner's writing is approaching the driving, got-to-keep-reading style of Connelly's. This is an excellent and fun book. -Amazon Reader Review
I really enjoyed this novel. It has everything I look for in a legal thriller: a character I can cheer for, some humor, some suspense, court room surprises, legal strategies, cross examinations, and an unexpected witness. The character of David Brunelle is very well written. I loved it! -Amazon Reader Review
About the Author
Stephen Penner is an author, attorney, and adjunct law professor from Seattle, Washington. His works include the David Brunelle Legal Thrillers series, featuring Assistant D.A. David Brunelle and a recurring cast of cops, defense attorneys, and forensic experts. Stephen began his legal career as a criminal defense attorney, appearing in federal, state, and municipal courts throughout the State of Washington. After several years of defense work, Stephen 'switched sides' and became a prosecutor. He has been practicing criminal law for over 20 years, working his way up from misdemeanor offenses, to felonies, and finally to homicides. He has tried nearly 100 cases and now supervises other prosecutors. In addition, he uses his extensive experience to teach trial advocacy to Seattle law students.